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Groundbreaking Project Zendegi Survey Documents Iranian-American Life

Written by Ehsan Tabesh, National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

As the Iranian-American population continues to grow, so too does our community's need to be recognized and understood. Several psychology researchers lead by Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating (University of Santa Barbara) are seeking to do just that by launching a study that examines the lives of Iranian-American young adults living in the US and Canada. The study, called Project Zendegi, will examine the adjustment, development, and well-being of the Iranian-American community in the United States. At its core, the research seeks to understand personal, family, and societal experiences of young Iranian-Americans that have immigrated to or were born in the US or Canada.

Dr. Kia-Keating's research team needs your help by participating or recruiting for the study. Please click on the following link to participate in this cutting-edge survey: Project Zendegi Survey.

The online survey is completely anonymous and confidential, and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to fill out. In order to participate, they ask that you are between the ages of 18-25, one or both of your parents are of Iranian-descent, and you are currently living in the US or Canada.

As an Iranian-American community, we cannot emphasize the importance of accurate studies enough. On several occasions, NIAC has sought statistics and information about our community's presence and experiences in the United States. For example, when NIAC petitioned the US Small Business Administration to receive benefits for Iranian American small business owners, we were required to present data indicating the extent of our community's social disadvantage and encounters with discrimination. Until now, such systematic data was unavailable.

With your help, we can begin to understand our community's adaptation and adjustment in the United States and develop strategies for making our advancement as seamless as possible.

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